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Learning Management Systems, as defined by Wikipedia, are software applications for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting, and delivery of educational courses or training programs. Ok, so that’s the technical definition. A more personal and granular observation of an LMS reveals its power to transform learning by breaking down the walls of classrooms to help students take ownership of when, where, and how they learn. It’s the vehicle that propels personalized learning.

 

The educational landscape has evolved to embrace varying degrees of what is considered an LMS – from platforms built around cloud-based repositories focused on simple file sharing to robust full-featured systems that can easily support rich content and informative analytics. Ultimately, an LMS should never hinder learning, but rather empower it. And when the right system is chosen, students win – they win big! When evaluating how an LMS might be the missing superpower in your academic ecosystem, consider these 5 key LMS benefits for your most valuable assets – your students!

 

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Students benefit from having all their instructional materials consolidated in one, centralized online location. Rather than complicating the learning waters from classroom to classroom, students can be better prepared for success when there is one consistent platform that houses everything they need from assignments to resources, discussions to assessments.

 

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Move from optional to required and active participation when students are engaged in real-time discussions and activities within an LMS. By directing your learners to dynamic content that is not only displayed on your whiteboard but equally accessible from any device, including options to monitor active users, you increase engagement and foster a better exchange of ideas. An LMS levels the engagement playing field and encourages even your most timid learners to become contributors of content.

 

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Discover what can happen when students have the tools to take control of their learning. With constant access to all their course content, an LMS fosters anytime/anywhere learning that helps students better manage their academic journey. Study time is no longer confined to lengthy review periods – students can learn on the go and build valuable time management skills.

 

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With an LMS, students are encouraged to openly share ideas and expand their understanding of content through discussion boards and flexible groupings. Collaboration is ubiquitous, and encouraging this vital 21st-century skill will help better prepare them for college and career. Through powerful notification tools, students can stay up-to-date with timely event and activity announcements that can typically be delivered straight to their mobile devices.

 

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If students have to wait too long for feedback, they risk losing context for the valued learning of their work. Research shows that student performance is increased when timely feedback is provided.  An LMS allows students to submit content in one collective location, in turn, providing teachers a simplified grading and feedback process that reduces the waiting game. Having that feedback accessible within the LMS provides students the ability to review comments and suggestions at any time as well as improve their responsiveness to teacher inquiry. It’s a win-win.

 

The benefits of an LMS for students are far-reaching and embody the instructional goals we have for our most important stakeholders. If you’re considering an LMS adoption, be sure to check out Converge, an LMS uniquely built by teachers for K-12. Learn more and take it for a test drive at convergelearning.com.

 

How has an LMS impacted your instruction? Share your ideas with us @edvergent and @ConvergeLMS using #iTeachDigital.

About The Author

Tiffaney Lavoie currently serves as the Director of Instructional Media and Design at Edvergent Learning. An educator with a business background, she has served over 60 school districts in Kentucky as an instructional technology consultant where she developed and delivered professional learning opportunities and partnered with school and district technology rollouts. A former middle school teacher, Tiffaney has a passion for effective technology integration and recognizes the importance of accessible digital tools to support teaching and learning. She has presented on a state, regional, and national level, and values immersive digital learning environments that better equip students to compete in a global society.

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